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Posted on: 26th April 2016

Douglas Carswell, MP for Tendring, Guest of Honour at Celebration Event

Open Road will welcome Douglas Carswell MP and Open Road Patron as its Guest of Honour at an event to be held on Friday 29th April 2016 at their newly refurbished centre in Clacton.

Open Road is a leading drug and alcohol addiction support charity in East Anglia with over 25 years’ experience in the field and has a dedicated centre in Clacton.  Douglas Carswell MP will be joined by Essex County Council Head of Commissioning for Public Health and Wellbeing - Ben Hughes, Vice Chair of Essex County Council - Councillor John Aldridge,  Essex County Councillors and Tendring District Councillors, CEO of Tendring Mental Health Support - Avril O’Sullivan, Ingrid Gardiner of Big Society Funding CIC plus representatives from many partnership organisations such as Tendring CVS, Beacon House, Dimensions, Tendring Community Safety Partnership, as well as our trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters.

The event celebrates Open Road’s refurbishment of the Clacton centre, allowing them to offer even more support to local people in need.  Open Road is delighted with this achievement, which shows our very strong commitment to provide key welfare services to the local Tendring community, in welcoming pleasant surroundings.

Douglas Carswell MP noted he was delighted to attend our event, ”Open Road makes a real difference to the lives of people in my part of Essex who are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.  I have nothing but admiration for the work that they do.”

Open Road offers a wide range of services including structured day programmes and counselling. Open Road’s approach is to support people on their journey to recovery – this means getting them well and addiction-free but also helping them get back into normal life as useful members of their community and wider society.

Sarah Wright, Open Road’s CEO says: “We are delighted that our patron, Douglas Carswell MP is opening this event, which continues our long and successful working partnership to raise awareness of the devastating issues surrounding substance misuse.  We also want to very sincerely thank our funders who have made this refurbishment work possible; Essex Community Initiatives Fund, Anglian Community Trust and Tendring Big Society Fund”.

Staff, volunteers and service users will be on hand to welcome guests and tell them lots more about the services on offer.

The weblink for our Clacton centre’s location is -

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.